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Top 500

A Restaurant Business and Technomic Special Report

Top 500

Chain restaurants faced another tough year in 2017, struggling to grow sales in the face of challenging labor and real estate markets and a crowded, competitive restaurant space. Chains failed to outpace regional brands and independents as they struggled against consumers’ negative perceptions. Still, over half of the industry’s $536.8 billion came from the Top 500 chains. Here, we dive into Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, providing data and insights into the trends.

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Top 250: The Ranking

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RankChain2017 U.S. Sales ($000)YOY Sales Change2017 U.S. UnitsYOY Unit ChangeSegmentMenu Category
201Pappasito’s Cantina$170*25Casual DiningMexican
202Eat’n Park$168*69Family DiningFamily Style
203Donatos Pizza$167160Fast CasualItalian/Pizza
204Golden Chick$164*179Quick ServiceChicken
205The Original Pancake House$161*130Family DiningFamily Style
206Firebirds Wood Fired Grill$16145Casual DiningVaried Menu
207WaBa Grill$161*179Fast CasualAsian/Noodle
208Rainforest Cafe$161*21Casual DiningVaried Menu
209Farmer Boys$158*89Fast CasualBurger
210Baja Fresh Mexican Grill$156*143Fast Casual
211LaRosa's Pizzeria$15665Family DiningPizza
212Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que$155*23Casual DiningSpecialty
213Shari's Cafe and Pies$155*95Family DiningFamily Style
214Jack's$152*149Quick ServiceBurger
215BurgerFi$150*92Fast CasualBurger
216Black Angus Steakhouse$150*45Casual DiningSteak
217Hurricane Grill & Wings$148*56Casual DiningSports Bar
218The Old Spaghetti Factory$145*42Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
219Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza$145*68Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
220Wetzel's Pretzels$144*290Quick ServiceSpecialty
221Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery$143*51Casual DiningSports Bar
222Bravo Cucina Italiana$141*49Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
223Roosters$141*38Casual DiningVaried Menu
224Togo's Sandwiches$141*240Quick ServiceSandwich
225Mountain Mike's Pizza$140*192Quick ServicePizza
226Grand Lux Cafe$140*13Casual DiningVaried Menu
227Roy Rogers Restaurants$13955Quick ServiceSandwich
228Cantina Laredo$138*37Casual DiningMexican
229Freebirds World Burrito$136*80Fast CasualMexican
230Tijuana Flats$136*136Fast CasualMexican
231Duffy's Sports Grill$13535Casual DiningSports Bar
232Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar$113*24Casual DiningVaried Menu
233Biggby Coffee$132*249Quick ServiceBakery Cafe
234PDQ $131*60Fast CasualChicken
235Johnny Carino’s $130*60Casual DiningPizza
236Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery$130*57Family DiningFamily Style
237Pizza Pro$129*440Quick ServicePizza
238Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen$128*221Quick ServicePizza
239STK$128*12Fine DiningSteak
240Great American Cookies$128*348Quick ServiceVaried Menu
241Wayback Burgers$128*135Fast CasualBurger
242Pollo Campero$12877Fast CasualChicken
243The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf$127265Quick ServiceBakery Cafe
244Main Event$127*40Casual DiningVaried Menu
245Papa Gino's Pizzeria$127*149Quick ServicePizza
246Quaker Steak & Lube$125*50Casual DiningSports Bar
247Gatti's Pizza$12582Quick ServicePizza
248Rita's Ice$124*585Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
249Ponderosa/Bonanza$12276Quick ServiceFamily Casual
250Il Fornaio$122*22Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate
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“THE INDUSTRY IS SATURATED. ... BUT IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT RESTAURANT, THE RIGHT LOCATION AND THE RIGHT OFFERING, THERE’S SUCCESS TO BE HAD.”PATRICK NOONE,
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